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Summary

  1. Orgreave inquiry rebuffed by Home Secretary
  2. Orgreave families 'must not give up', says Hillsborough campaigner
  3. Home Secretary: 'No case' for Orgreave inquiry
  4. MP calls for merger of West and South Yorkshire Police
  5. Police Commissioner shocked at Government decision on Orgreave
  6. Burnham: Orgreave 'establishment stitch-up'
  7. Live updates on Monday 31 October 2016

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By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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Orgreave: Five things we learned today

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

  • Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced there will be no inquiry into the violent confrontation between police and miners at Orgreave in 1984.
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  •  Orgreave Campaigner Barbara Jackson was devastated by the news delivered in a phone call from Home Secretary.
Barbara Jackson
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  • The former Shadow Home Secretary, Andy Burnham, says the Orgreave decision is a "nakedly political act".
Andy Burnham Former Shadow Home Secretary
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  • Orgreave familes 'must not give up' says Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall.
Margaret Aspinall
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  • West Yorkshire MP Alec Shelbrooke has called for the merging of the West and South Yorkshire Police forces.
Alec Shelbrooke MP for Elmet and Rothwell
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Orgreave confrontation

The Home Secretary rules out an inquiry into clashes with police at Orgreave during the UK miners' strike in 1984.

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Orgreave: Decision not to go ahead with inquiry ' a betrayal of the families'

South Yorkshire MPs John Healey and Kevin Barron said in a joint statement that the "shock decision by the Government not to go ahead with a statutory inquiry or an independent revieew into Orgreave is a betrayal of the families that have campaigned so long for justice.

"It is an early stain on Theresa May's premiership and a shameful abdication of responsibility by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd.

" Former miners, their families and communities have waited decades for the truth, and they will be deeply disappointed by today's announcement."

Kevin Barron MP
Labour party
John Healey MP
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Orgreave: 'Public trust in SY police questioned' says Clegg

Theresa Villiers supports decision not to hold Orgreave inquiry

Former minister Theresa Villiers supports decision not to hold an inquiry into Orgreave
The former Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has supported the government's decision not to hold an inquiry into the clash between police and miners at Orgreave in 1984. 

Speaking in the Commons Ms Villiers said that public inquiries "too often cost huge amounts of money, take many years and don't even answer the question they're asked".

Orgreave: 'Spit in our face from Tory government' says former miner

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Former miner John Dunn was at Orgreave in 1984.

He has condemned Home Secretary Amber Rudd's decision not to hold an inquiry.

Hear his thoughts below:  

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn 'astonished' by lack of Orgreave inquiry
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tells the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg he is "astonished" by the decision not to hold an inquiry into the Orgreave decision.

Orgreave: ' A travesty of justice' says Chair of Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Vera Baird, the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said today was a bitterly disappointing day for the Orgreave miners, their families and it's "a travesty of justice".

The Commissioner represented a number of miners in court in a previous role following events at Orgreave.

She says she saw at first hand how families were crushed and still, 30 years on, the wounds have not healed.

Vera Baird
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Amber Rudd's decision in effect is saying the truth does not matter - the fact that senior officers involved in Hillsborough were also involved in a review of evidence after Orgreave and the fact there are policing operational similarities to both events does not matter to her. Well it matters to me and it matters to the miners I represented."

Vera BairdNorthumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

MP calls for merger of West and South Yorkshire Police

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

A West Yorkshire MP has called for the merging of the West and South Yorkshire Police forces following the Government's decision not to hold an inquiry into the 'Battle of Orgreave'.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd today rejected calls for a Hillsborough-style public inquiry into clashes between striking miners and the police in 1984.

Campaigners said officers led by South Yorkshire Police were heavy-handed and manufactured statements.  

The Conservative MP for Elmet and Rothwell, Alec Shelbrooke said the name of the "South Yorkshire Police" had tarnished the reputation of frontline officers.

Orgreave families 'must not give up', says Hillsborough campaigner

Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall said she is "disappointed for families" there will be no inquiry into the so-called "Battle of Orgreave" but urged them "to keep fighting".

Margaret Aspinall
BBC

Thousands of miners and police clashed at the Yorkshire coking site in 1984.

Orgreave campaigners have accused South Yorkshire Police of using excessive force and manufacturing evidence. 

The Hillsborough inquests, which concluded in April, were told that the same force altered statements five years later to deflect blame onto Liverpool supporters.

Hillsborough families are among those who backed calls for a full public inquiry or independent review into events at Orgreave.

Margaret Aspinall from the Hillsborough Family Support Group called on the home secretary "to go back to the drawing board" and urged Orgreave families "to do what we have had to do".

We had a lot of things turned down, we had to pay for a private prosecution ourselves, we took it to every level we could and these families must not give up.

Margaret AspinallHillsborough campaigner
Chris Matheson accuses Amber Rudd of "leading families up the garden path" over Orgreave.
Chris Matheson accuses Amber Rudd of "leading families up the garden path" over Orgreave.

Orgreave: Police Commissioner shocked at Government decision

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, says he's shocked and dismayed by the decision not to hold an inquiry into events at Orgreave.

Reacting to the statement from the Home Secretary Amber Rudd, the Commissioner said he was not convinced by the reasons given for refusing an investigation.

Mr Billings said the former miners and the former mining communities in South Yorkshire deserve an explanation as to what happened on that day and where Orgreave fits in the wider story of the Miners' Strike.

He added that South Yorkshire police were ready to co-operate in any enquiry.

Dr Alan Billings
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

This was a critical moment for the police service in South Yorkshire. It could have shown that it had really learned lessons of past mistakes and was ready to co-operate fully with any enquiry. We wanted to see a new era of openess with no attempt to be self-justifying or defensive."

Dr Alan BillingsSouth Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Orgreave decision: 'A stain on our history' says Chesterfield MP

Burham: Orgreave 'establishment stitch-up'

The home secretary is accused of an "establishment stitch-up" over the Miners' Strike.
The home secretary is accused of an "establishment stitch-up" after announcing there will be no inquiry into the so-called Battle of Orgreave during the 1984 Miners' Strike.

But Amber Rudd told former shadow home secretary Andy Burnham he was "entirely wrong" and she had made her decision "honestly based on the evidence".

Orgreave decision a 'nakedly political act' says Burnham

Andy Burnham
BBC

Labour's Andy Burnham, shadow home secretary until a few weeks ago, says that an IPCC investigation found evidence of perjury and perverting the course of justice and that "in the last month new evidence has emerged" of orchestration of violence by police commanders and the mass manufacture of police statements.

"Aren't we right in concluding that the establishment stitch up that she's announced is nothing more than a nakedly political act?" he asks

"No," says Amber Rudd. Mr Burnham is "entirely wrong, he chooses to politicise it". 

She says she's met with campaigners and had a "frank exchange of information" and made her decision "honestly, based on the evidence"

Orgreave: Decision leaves campaigner devastated

Orgreave: Campaigners say they won't take no for an answer

Orgeave: Home Secretary on why there'll be no inquiry

Police and striking miners clash at Orgreave
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The Home Secretary has been setting out why there'll be no inquiry into events at Orgreave.

She said:

  • Despite the forceful accounts and arguments provided by the campaigners and former miners who were present that day, about the effect that these events have had on them, ultimately there were no deaths or wrongful convictions.
  •  The campaigners say that had the consequences of the events at Orgreave been addressed properly at the time, the tragic events at Hillsborough would never have happened five years later. That is not a conclusion which I believe can be reached with any certainty.
  • The campaign and their supporters explained to me when I met them that they want to get to the bottom of what happened on the 18 June 1984, and that only by doing so will their trust, and that of their community, be restored in the police. However, there have been very significant changes in the oversight of policing since 1984, at every level, including major reforms to criminal procedure, changes to public order policing and practice, stronger external scrutiny and greater local accountability. 
  • With regards to the external scrutiny of complaints against the police, this was strengthened by the creation, in 1985, of the Police Complaints Authority which was replaced in 2004 by the more effective Independent Police Complaints Commission and in turn will be replaced by the Office for Police Conduct in 2017. The exemplary standards of behaviour expected of everyone who works in policing were reinforced by the introduction of a statutory Code of Ethics, laid before this House in 2014. 
  • Lastly, the introduction of directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners in 2012 has given the public a voice in shaping their local policing priorities and improved the accountability of police leadership. 

Orgreave: Decision not to hold inquiry 'shows contempt says MP

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion blasts the decision as one of 'contempt'.

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Orgreave: Decision not to commit to an inquiry 'astonishing' says Barnsley MP

Orgreave: No inquiry 'difficult decision to make' says Home Secretary

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The Home Secretary has announced this afternoon that there'll be no inquiry into events at Orgreave in 1984.

Amber Rudd said it had been a difficult decision to make and one which she had thought very carefully about.

The politician says she knows the decision will come as a significant disappointment to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and its supporters.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd
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Despite the forceful accounts and arguments provided by the campaigners and former miners who were present that day, about the effect that these events have had on them, ultimately there were no deaths or wrongful convictions. The campaigners say that had the consequences of the events at Orgreave been addressed properly at the time, the tragic events at Hillsborough would never have happened five years later. That is not a conclusion which I believe can be reached with any certainty.

Amber RuddHome Secretary

Orgreave: No inquiry 'absolutely appalling' says Sheffield MP

BreakingNo Orgeave Inquiry

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

There will be no statutory inquiry or independent review into the notorious clash between police and miners at Orgreave in 1984, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced. 

Latest Sheffield street art to be targeted by vandals

Sheffield Star

Vandalised wall art in Sheffield
Laura Kishimoto

The spate of vandal attacks on street art across Sheffield has continued over the weekend with two newly discovered defaced works today. 

Sport: Sheffield Steelers seek replacement for Mosienko

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield Steelers head coach Paul Thompson says he expects signing news imminently, as the club seeks a replacement for Tyler Mosienko. 

The Canadian left for another club in mainland Europe on Friday. 

But Thompson says he's already identified a new centre

Paul Thompson Sheffield Steelers Head Coach
Sheffield Steelers

I've got a specific guy in mind with a specific role and what he'll bring us. So if we get it done, hopefully in the next 24 hours I'll be very, very happy."

Paul ThompsonSheffield Steelers Head Coach

BreakingWoman remanded in custody following death in Doncaster

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The Avenue
Google

A 32-year-old woman has been remanded in police custody as part of a murder investigation following the death of a man in Doncaster. 

Emergency services were called to The Avenue in Bentley in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A man in his 50s died in hospital that night after sustaining what's thought to be stab wounds. 

A 17-year-old boy who was also arrested has been released on bail.

Watch: Heart attack runner

BBC Inside Out

A man from Barnsley has been reunited with a group of runners who helped save his life after he collapsed during a half marathon. 

Alan Ford was taking part in the Northumberland Coastal Race when he suffered a heart attack. 

He effectively died for 10 minutes. 

His story is on Inside Out on BBC1 tonight at 19:30:

Horse rescued by fire fighters in Doncaster

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Firefighters have rescued a 20-year-old mare called Gypsy from mud in Doncaster.

Adwick, Tankersley and Edlington crews attended the incident off Goldsmith Road, Balby at around 16.30 yesterday.

Crews worked off platforms and managed to secure a forward assist strap to the horse, despite fallen branches and vegetation making the rescue difficult.

Firefighters battled for an hour-and-a-half to free the horse, who was eventually helped back onto its feet before happily tucking into a bucket of feed.

Your pictures: Pumpkins

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Well it's Halloween and time to carve those pumpkins.

Here's some my daughter and a friend made earlier.

Don't forget to send us some pictures of your creations too.

Pumpkins
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Orgreave: South Yorkshire Police will 'fully participate' in any new inquiry

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

We've been talking today about the Home Secretary Amber Rudd who is expected to announce whether she'll commission an inquiry into Orgreave. Trouble erupted when miners tried to stop lorry loads of coke leaving the plant, with police holding them back. 

Officers who were there have since said they were encouraged by senior police to "use as much force as possible".

It's also claimed officers were told what to write in their statements following the clashes. Tony Munday was one of thousands of officers brought in from around the country to police the strike:

 South Yorkshire Police says it will "fully participate" in any new inquiry.  

New hope for empty site at Sheaf Square after HS2 decision

Sheffield Star

After a decade standing empty it is suddenly the hottest plot in Sheffield.

Land next to Sheaf Square
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Your pictures: Do you recognise this Sheffield 10K runner?

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport Editor Andy Giddings
BBC

Were you one of the thousands of people taking part in the Sheffield 10K race this weekend?

It was organised by Run For All, the people behind the annual Yorkshire Half Marathon.

One of those to take up the challenge was our very own Sport Editor Andy Giddings.

He was dressed as a centurion and took to the streets with his friend Mr Incredible, James Hope-Gill.

Orgreave: 'Time for the truth to finally be told' says local MP

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Bassetlaw MP John Mann says today's expected announcement by the Home Secretary into the Battle of Orgreave should give the green light for an inquiry that provides a voice to those who claim they were wrongly arrested and mistreated.

Mr Mann says the new inquiry must examine the approach taken on the day by the senior leadership of South Yorkshire Police.

John Mann
Labour Party

There should be no cover up by the Government and South Yorkshire Police about this, it’s time for the truth to finally be told.

John MannBassetlaw MP

Plans go in for new theme park in Rotherham

Former Pithouse West site in Rotherham
Google

A planning application is being submitted today for a theme park at the former Pithouse West site in Rotherham. 

The people who run the Gulliver's Kingdom park are behind it. 

A decision is expected early next year.

Weather: Dry afternoon with sunny intervals

BBC Weather

Early low cloud, mist and fog patches should very gradually clear most areas to reveal a dry day with some sunny intervals

Winds should be light throughout, with temperatures peaking the low teens degrees Celsius.  

Weather graphic
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Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J35A for A616 and J34 for A631.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 partially blocked and very slow traffic southbound between J35a, A616 (Stocksbridge) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of an accident involving two cars and a van.

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Boy threatened with knife in Rotherham

St Ann's Road
Google

A boy was threatened with a knife in a street robbery.

The robber, thought to be 19-years-old, pulled out a knife in front of two boys, aged 12 and 13, during the robbery.

One of the boys handed over his mobile phone and money during the crime on St Ann’s Road in Rotherham on Monday, 24 October.

Police say the suspect is thought to be around 6ft tall, of a skinny build, with a foreign accent and to have been wearing grey jogging bottoms with a hooded top.

Watch: Concern over proposals to use Sheffield park as a flood plain

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

It's the end of the consultation process tonight for controversial plans to build flood defences in Sheffield.

The plans involve building a big reservoir area in Endcliffe Park.

Councillor Bryan Lodge the Cabinet Member for Environment says they've had a good response to the online consultation and a lot of people have been attending open events where they've been able to ask questions about the proposals.

However Michelle Mullins who lives on Rustlings Road says the plan will turn the park into a swimming pool and the council needs to find an alternative solution. 

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Orgreave: Announcement expected this afternoon

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd is expected to announce this afternoon whether she'll commission an inquiry into the clash between police and miners at Orgreave in South Yorkshire. 

It was the most violent confrontation of the 1984 miners' strike.  

More than 120 officers and miners were injured, and 93 people were arrested. Campaigners claim police used excessive force and manufactured statements.

Campaigners claim there are parallels with the police cover-up over Hillsborough, which involved the same South Yorkshire force of the 1980s. 

Lord Tebbit was in Margaret Thatcher's cabinet during the strike:

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle.

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